One killed, 11 injured by SC lightning strike on Black River: One person was fatally struck and at least 11 others injured by lightning Thursday afternoon at a popular Black River gathering spot. They were part of a large group under a tree struck when repeated lightning bolts erupted during a “pretty bad thunderstorm,” said Tony Hucks, Georgetown County Fire and Rescue assistant chief. The people under the tree were shocked by the force of one of the blasts, according to the Associated Press. Full story here.
Roof ripped at DMV office during severe storm in Moncks Corner: Berkeley County reported that the roof of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles building was torn up during a severe storm Thursday afternoon. Officials at first suspected tornadic activity: “A tornado touched down this afternoon in @Moncks_Corner and destroyed the roof of the DMV. The storm is not over. Please stay safe and indoors while it passes.” Full story here.
Incoming rain for the weekend: Today showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 2pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. It is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Saturday showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. It is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 89 with a 60% chance of precipitation. Saturday night there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. On Sunday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after noon. It is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 92. Full forecast here.
How are SC cars faring over 20 years after doing away with required vehicle inspections?: Since the Palmetto State eliminated the mandate for vehicles to undergo yearly safety inspections in 1995, the state has consistently ranked in the upper tier of fatal car crashes each year. South Carolina recorded 988 fatal wrecks in 2017 — the most recent year data is available — which was 13th most in the United States. While it’s unknown how many accidents are caused by unsafe vehicles, for one lawmaker the problem is clear and the answer is simple: reinstate mandatory vehicle inspections. Full story here.
Atlantic Packaging expanding operations in Dorchester County: Atlantic Packaging, a leading distributor of industrial packaging materials and paperboard converter, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. The company’s investment of $4.5 million is expected to create 10 new jobs. Full story here.
Former Moncks Corner and North Charleston police chief dies: Chad Caldwell of Summerville, a former police chief for Moncks Corner and North Charleston, died Wednesday. He was 73. Born Nov. 29, 1945, in Berkeley County, he was the son of Philip Caldwell and Beatrice Orvin Caldwell, the youngest of three children. He grew up in the Lowcountry with a self-professed love for history and reading. As a teenager, he worked various construction jobs around town, leading to his lifelong interest in building and repairing just about anything. Full story here.